Aaron Thomas shares his family’s journey of demonstrating uncommon strength and character during the darkest of times following the fatal shooting of his father, Parkersburg, IA High School Football Coach Ed Thomas, by a former team player. In an incredible story of ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary situation, Aaron shares life lessons learned from his father; the power to choose, to live each day with passion, and to be a difference-maker. The Parker’s story made national headlines in 2008. In 2010, Aaron and his family were chosen by ESPN as the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. They were presented with the award at the ESPYs for being exactly the kind of people Ed Thomas would have expected. Aaron, his wife Ellie, and their 3 sons reside in Parkersburg, IA where he is the Athletic Director and Assistant Football Coach at A-P High School. He holds a Masters Degree in Administration from Drake University.
Rex Tignor is founder of Man UP Ministries and is currently employed by Henrico County as a Construction Inspector. Rex is a member of the Leadership team and Men's Ministry training director for the Washington Area Coalition of Men's Ministries (WACMM). He is the former Men's Ministry Director for Redemption Ministries for the state of Virginia which assisted over 70 churches. Rex is the author of "Living Out Of The Rut." While serving as Eastern Director for People Matter Ministries, he co-authored "Why Minister to Men" with Dr. Dan Erickson. His heart and passion is helping men unlock their God-given potential.
John TrentJohn Trent is president and founder of StrongFamilies.com, a ministry committed to building strong relationships in these stressful times. Trent is a sought-after speaker and has authored or coauthored more than a dozen award-winning and bestselling books, including the million-copy-selling The Blessing. He lives in Arizona.
Lee Truax, President of the Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC), is a product of the ministry, having been introduced to CBMC by his father, longtime member Ernie Truax. Spiritual reproduction is one of the basic components of CBMC and Lee is not shy about his desire to save the lost and to reach out to the believer to encourage each man to deepen his walk. Lee pays close attention the economic meltdown that is crippling our men and our nation. Coming from a very successful career in the private sector he understands the domino effect of high unemployment and the erosion of our nation’s foundational beliefs.
Lee married his Messiah College sweetheart, Lisa and today they have 7 wonderful children. In 2008, their family moved from the Boston area to Chattanooga, Tennessee, national headquarters of CBMC.